Flintstone Stargazing

January 22, 2009

Widefield shots on 1/21/09

It’s quite cold out, but also very, very clear. I decided to try out my new camera mount and see if I could get some widefield shots with my D50 camera. I had time for two before the battery gave out (note to self: charge the D50 battery more often). The two images are at the same scale – the one above is of the constellation Orion (at least the better known part – it leaves out his bow). you can see M42 – The Great Orion Nebula in the lower part of the image and I think I can barely make out the Flame Nebula near the belt.

Below is the other shot I took, of M45 – The Pleiades. You can see a hint of the nebulosity in that image, particularly if you look at the zoomed in view. Also note in both images how many stars are in the background.



  1. Beautiful! What size lens did you use? I’ve been interested in making a camera mount for my equatorial mount.


    Comment by Sean Welton — January 22, 2009 @ 2:15 am

  2. Great images! Same objects I’ve been looking at lately.

    Comment by Troy — January 22, 2009 @ 2:26 am

  3. Thanks – Sean, if you click on my images, it should take you to my flickr page for it which gives details for pretty much all of my images. In this case, I was just using the 18 mm – 55 mm lens that came with my camera, set at 55mm.

    Comment by Ed — January 22, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  4. Haha! I did check out the large version on Flickr but I didn’t catch the EXIF data!


    Comment by Sean Welton — January 22, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

  5. Ah – the image is a stack of a bunch of other images and so the EXIF data is not included in the composite image since it’s made up of other images, plus processing.

    Comment by Ed — January 22, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

  6. Well, whatever it is, it’s now set as my desktop background.

    Comment by Alamanach — January 28, 2009 @ 10:47 am

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